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Paying It Forward

Paying It Forward

FYI BLOG At Avalon, we pride ourselves on helping to identify and train a new generation of people looking to find meaning in their work. To that end, in September, Avalon held its second Direct Response Fundraising 101 Seminar for our client partners. Our full-day...

Planning for Another Postage Increase

mailboxReady for the new exigent postage increase? The Washington Post ran a comprehensive piece on this emergency funding for the USPS, but here it is in a nutshell:


– January 26 is D Day for the postage increase, when the price to mail a first-class letter goes up by three cents – the largest increase in 11 years.

– At this point, the increase has been approved on an emergency basis for two years, but it is unclear how rates will change after that two-year period is over.

– As the Post explains, “Regulators approved an inflation-tied 1.7 percent hike in November that will raise stamp prices by a penny; the announcement [of this new increase] will result in an overall 6 percent jump in postal rates.”

– For further details on the USPS’s new prices, visit USPS.com.

For some suggestions for direct marketers – things like commingling strategies and modeling to ensure you’re mailing to your most responsive supporters – it might be helpful to review last year’s pre-postage-increase blog.

A Gift that Gives Back

Our clients have some wonderful gift-giving opportunities that you will want to check out this holiday season! Here are just a few:


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Proceeds from purchases made in Farm Sanctuary’s shop directly support its lifesaving work on behalf of farm animals.


Be sure to check out all of the holiday performances happening at the Kennedy Center right now, as well as gifts in the Center’s online store for the holiday season.


Give the Earth the gift of trees! Celebrate Christmas, a birthday, anniversary, or other special event for a friend or family member… every dollar you donate will plant a tree in honor of that special person. In addition, Recipients will receive a certificate stating the number of trees planted in their name.


Visit the Museum’s annual Art Market Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm to purchase traditional and contemporary works by some of the finest Native artists. Member preview day takes place on Friday, December 6, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm.


Don’t miss the Museum’s Holiday Gift Market Monday, December 2 – Wednesday, December 4 in the Museum’s Great Hall for unique items and gifts made by women artists and designers. Members receive double discounts (20%)!


Avalon Wins 2013 Business Ethics Award!



Avalon Wins the 2013 National Capital Business Ethics Award


Washington, DC – (October 25, 2013) – We are proud to announce that the Avalon Consulting Group, Inc. is winner of the 2013 National Capital Business Ethics Award in the small business category. The award recognizes an organization that exemplifies a strong commitment to business excellence and to the highest standards of civic and social responsibility, integrity and ethical conduct.


Ethics are integral to Avalon’s mission: connecting great people with great causes. We work exclusively with clients and campaigns whose missions are compatible with our commitment to progressive change—because making a difference and creating positive social change are the reasons we got into this business in the first place. Accordingly, we view our clients’ long-term thriving as our top priority.

In addition, Avalon adheres to the codes outlined by our industry associations, we support our clients in the implementation of ethical fundraising, and we have adopted an environmental policy to address the inevitable tension between direct marketing and environmental stewardship. Within our company, we are committed to fair compensation, generous benefits and a positive work environment for our employees.


We are honored to receive this prestigious award, and we pledge Avalon’s continued commitment to ethical consulting, ethical fundraising and ethical management.